Lacazette to leave Lyon

The President of Lyon Jean-Michel Ola confirmed the departure of Lacazette and was named the main candidate for the 25-year-old striker.

Lacazette, who is a France global with 10 caps, scored twice in his final game for Lyon on Saturday night; a 3-3 draw with Nice.

Lacazette says the chance to join Atletico would be hard to reject and admits that Griezmann has been attempting to persuade him to move.

"I think it's a good moment to leave, despite all the goals I've scored I am still not known in the European football panorama and I want to answer people's demands".

The two Premier League sides are still battling for a place in the top four which will guarantee them a seat at Europe' big table, but one of them is certain to miss out with just one game left to go in the season. "I want to discover something else, to put myself in danger and to make a step up".

Commenting on the prospect of moving to Atletico, he said: 'It's a club that is in the last square of the Champions League for several years. "And there is Antoine Griezmann". "It is a great team, in a new stadium, and it is also a club that helps their players progress. It is important that the club that trusted me and who came to pick me up at the age of 10 can recover money after all that we have been able to do together". "It is a personal choice of a carefully considered career, which I have done for a long time".

Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette reportedly reaches a verbal agreement to sign with La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid during the summer. "It started in the French Under-18 team".

  • Julie Sanders